Originally scheduled to open in early January, El Chaparral bridge over the Tijuana River is still under construction.
  • Originally scheduled to open in early January, El Chaparral bridge over the Tijuana River is still under construction.
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A new bridge is rising over the Rio Tijuana with an on-ramp peeling off Via de la Juventud Oriente at the southwest corner of the Plaza Viva Tijuana shopping center. The new bridge is likely being built to relieve commuter congestion amidst a maze of convoluted cloverleafs that crisscross one another as they approach either side of the river.

The bridge, named El Chaparral and under construction for at least a couple of months, is visible upriver (looking south) to people crossing over on the pedestrian bridge that connects Plaza Viva Tijuana to Calle Articulo 123.

A December 12 article in Tijuana’s daily Frontera indicated that the bridge would be ready in the early days of January after an inspection, but as of February 8, 2011, a significant amount of construction had yet to be completed.

Multiple construction cranes and concrete-pouring equipment are congregated in the area. The bridge includes concrete piers rising from the riverbed and a steel-and-concrete span arcing diagonally over the width of the river.

Click here for an architectural rendering of the new bridge.

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